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Eric Caturia

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Projected Starters - A look at Monday's matchups (all times Eastern)

Braves (Freddy Garcia - R) at Marlins (Nathan Eovaldi - R), 12:40
Athletics (A.J. Griffin - R) at Twins (Scott Diamond - L), 1:10
Nationals (Tanner Roark - R) at Mets (Aaron Harang - R), 1:10
Yankees (David Huff - L) at Orioles (Wei-Yin Chen - L), 7:05
Cubs (Chris Rusin - L) at Pirates (Jeff Locke - L), 7:05
Padres (Tyson Ross - R) at Phillies (Roy Halladay - R), 7:05
Angels (Garrett Richards - R) at Blue Jays (J.A. Happ - L), 7:07
Red Sox (Jake Peavy - R) at Rays (Jeremy Hellickson - R), 7:10
Indians (Corey Kluber - R) at White Sox (John Danks - L), 8:10
Brewers (Tyler Thornburg - R) at Cardinals (Joe Kelly - R), 8:15
Giants (Matt Cain - R) at Dodgers (Zack Greinke - R), 10:10

Day Game After Night Game: ATL, MIA, OAK, MIN, WAS, NYM

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Jim Adduci, OF, TEX (Biceps) - Was available off the bench Tuesday following his removal from Monday's contest due to a strained right biceps.
Abraham Almonte, OF, SEA (Leg) - Not in the lineup Wednesday due to tightness in his legs, which spurred his early removal from Tuesday's outing.
Domonic Brown, OF, PHI (Achilles) - Hit in a batting cage Tuesday, which he is doing each of the next two days.
Chris Capuano, P, LAD (Groin) - Tested his ailing groin in a simulated mound session Wednesday.
Carlos Carrasco, P, CLE (Personal) - Hopes to return to the Indians over the weekend, after sitting out Tuesday and Wednesday due to a personal reason.
Jason Castro, C, HOU (Knee) - Remained out of the lineup Wednesday for the seventh time in nine contests due to a knee concern.
Yu Darvish, P, TEX (Leg) - In line to start as scheduled Saturday against the Athletics, after leaving Monday's game due to a right leg cramp.
Khris Davis, OF, MIL (Wrist) - Took swings in the batting cage Wednesday, after which he reported improvement in his wrist.
Jorge De La Rosa, P, COL (Thumb) - Removed from Tuesday's nod versus the Giants as a precaution due to a sore left thumb, as well as tender index and middle fingers.
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF, BOS (Foot) - Rejoining the Red Sox on Friday at Fenway Park, where the compression fracture of the navicular bone in his right foot will be evaluated by the team's orthopedist.
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR (Wrist) - Manager John Gibbons confirmed his day-to-day status but would not promise a return to the lineup this season.
Nathan Eovaldi, P, MIA (Back) - May miss Thursday's start against the Braves as a result of a tight back.
Leury Garcia, SS, CWS (Hand) - Enduring a blister on his left hand that is forcing him to bat exclusively right-handed.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, COL (Finger) - Slated to receive another opinion on his finger injury late this week.
Robbie Grossman, OF, HOU (Oblique) - Kept out of the lineup Wednesday for the eighth game in a row due to a right oblique strain.
Luis Jimenez, 3B, LAA (Thumb) - Swung a bat Wednesday for the first time since injuring his thumbs and shoulders Saturday.
Paul Maholm, P, ATL (Elbow) - Scratched from his scheduled start Friday versus the Padres due to discomfort in his left elbow; an MRI on the region was returned negative.
Nick Markakis, OF, BAL (Personal) - Hoped for a return to the lineup Wednesday but in fact did not do so, as his wife gave birth earlier in the day.
Starling Marte, OF, PIT (Hand) - Took the field Wednesday as a defensive replacement in left field but did not wear the oversized mitten that protected his right ring finger when he was used as a pinch runner.
Jeff Mathis, C, MIA (Thumb) - Out of the lineup Wednesday due to a bruised right thumb.
Yadier Molina, C, STL (Personal) - Away from the team Wednesday due to a family matter.
Ivan Nova, P, NYY (Triceps) - Has felt tightness in his triceps on other occasions aside from Tuesday's start, putting his next outing Sunday at Boston in question.
Darren O'Day, P, BAL (Undisclosed) - May be dealing with an undetermined ailment, as he has pitched just two times since August 28.
Josh Reddick, OF, OAK (Wrist) - Initially held out of the lineup Wednesday due to his healing right wrist but entered the game in the fourth inning, finishing the night 1-for-2 with a double.
Austin Romine, C, NYY (Concussion) - Diagnosed with a mild concussion and will fit in a few days of rest.
Justin Turner, 2B, NYM (Hamstring) - Sustained a minor strain of his right hamstring and will remain out for a couple days.
Jered Weaver, P, LAA (Forearm) - Throwing a bullpen session Thursday, after playing catch Wednesday, and intends to start Saturday in Houston.

Players on the DL
Robert Coello, P, LAA (Shoulder) - Transferred his rehab assignment to Triple-A Salt Lake but still may not pitch again in the majors this season.
Johnny Cueto, P, CIN (Back) - Completed a 60-pitch simulated game Wednesday, from which he emerged without issues.
Ross Detwiler, P, WAS (Back) - Tossed a successful 30-pitch bullpen session Wednesday.
Matt Kemp, OF, LAD (Ankle) - Expected to run at the Dodgers' minor league complex in Arizona in a day or two.
David Wright, 3B, NYM (Hamstring) - Ran the bases Wednesday for the first time since straining his right hamstring on August 2.

Transactions - Players who have been demoted, called up, traded, released, you name it. We'll cover it here.

Placed on the DL
Derek Jeter, SS, NYY
Shawn Tolleson, P, LAD (Transferred to 60-day DL)

Called Up (from Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
Onelki Garcia, P, LAD (Contract selected)

Designated for Assignment
Jim Miller, P, NYY

Traded
Brendan Ryan, SS, NYY (From SEA)

Closer Watch

St. Louis - The Cardinals have been able to achieve victory more often than not of late, despite the recent struggles of closer Edward Mujica. Since August 21, a span in which the team strung together 12 wins in 19 games entering Wednesday's contest, he has yielded at least one run in four of seven outings. By tallying four saves in five chances during that run, his pitching line -- 7.50 ERA, 1.33 ERA, and 2:0 K:BB ratio in six frames -- belies the aforementioned achievement. No matter, due to a limited innings count, the bloated ERA does not impact fantasy lineups as much as failing to notch a save or an inability to strike out the opponent. Another aspect in Mujica's support: St. Louis' offensive firepower will more often than not provide just enough cushion for wobbles on the mound, with good fortune in high-leverage situations nonetheless a likely result.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Adam LaRoche - 1B WAS @ NYM
9/12 1:10 PM
Aaron Harang 7-31 .226 3 6 6 5 5 .613 .324 .937
Ryan Zimmerman - 3B WAS @ NYM
9/12 1:10 PM
Aaron Harang 5-14 .357 0 2 1 2 3 .500 .438 .938
Robinson Cano - 2B NYY @ BAL
9/12 7:05 PM
Wei-Yin Chen 3-11 .273 1 2 1 1 2 .636 .333 .970
David Ortiz - DH BOS @ TB
9/12 7:10 PM
Jeremy Hellickson 7-19 .368 2 3 3 6 0 .789 .520 1.309
Jarrod Saltalamacchia - C BOS @ TB
9/12 7:10 PM
Jeremy Hellickson 5-18 .278 1 3 3 3 4 .556 .381 .937
James Loney - 1B TB vs BOS
9/12 7:10 PM
Jake Peavy 7-25 .280 2 4 4 1 3 .600 .308 .908
Luke Scott - DH TB vs BOS
9/12 7:10 PM
Jake Peavy 4-12 .333 1 3 1 0 2 .750 .333 1.083
Delmon Young - OF TB vs BOS
9/12 7:10 PM
Jake Peavy 3-13 .231 1 2 3 1 5 .538 .333 .872
Ryan Raburn - 2B CLE @ CWS
9/12 8:10 PM
John Danks 8-30 .267 2 5 5 3 8 .567 .333 .900
Nick Swisher - OF CLE @ CWS
9/12 8:10 PM
John Danks 5-13 .385 1 1 2 3 1 .615 .500 1.115
Andre Ethier - OF LAD vs SF
9/12 10:10 PM
Matt Cain 26-57 .456 1 5 5 5 7 .596 .484 1.081
Adrian Gonzalez - 1B LAD vs SF
9/12 10:10 PM
Matt Cain 19-61 .311 4 9 13 7 15 .607 .377 .983
Marco Scutaro - 2B SF @ LAD
9/12 10:10 PM
Zack Greinke 8-21 .381 0 4 4 1 2 .571 .435 1.006
 
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
AVG
HR
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BB K Opp
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Roy Halladay PHI vs SD
9/12 7:05 PM
Padres Batters 18-74 .243 0 2 5 4 19 .267 .282 .550
Jake Peavy BOS @ TB
9/12 7:10 PM
Rays Batters 24-116 .207 5 13 13 6 29 .415 .252 .659

 

KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Freddie Freeman - 1B ATL @ MIA
9/12 12:40 PM
Nathan Eovaldi 2-10 .200 0 1 2 0 1 .300 .200 .500
Placido Polanco - 3B MIA vs ATL
9/12 12:40 PM
Freddy Garcia 5-26 .192 0 0 0 1 1 .192 .222 .415
Scott Hairston - OF WAS @ NYM
9/12 1:10 PM
Aaron Harang 2-10 .200 0 1 0 1 4 .300 .273 .573
Chad Tracy - 1B WAS @ NYM
9/12 1:10 PM
Aaron Harang 4-20 .200 0 1 2 0 4 .250 .200 .450
Jayson Werth - OF WAS @ NYM
9/12 1:10 PM
Aaron Harang 3-16 .188 1 2 1 2 6 .500 .278 .778
Chase Headley - 3B SD @ PHI
9/12 7:05 PM
Roy Halladay 3-17 .176 0 0 1 2 7 .176 .263 .440
Mark Kotsay - OF SD @ PHI
9/12 7:05 PM
Roy Halladay 3-17 .176 0 0 1 1 2 .176 .222 .399
David DeJesus - OF TB vs BOS
9/12 7:10 PM
Jake Peavy 2-18 .111 0 1 2 0 8 .222 .111 .333
Kelly Johnson - 2B TB vs BOS
9/12 7:10 PM
Jake Peavy 1-10 .100 0 0 0 2 5 .100 .308 .408
Michael Brantley - OF CLE @ CWS
9/12 8:10 PM
John Danks 2-12 .167 0 0 0 1 1 .167 .231 .397
Kelly Shoppach - C CLE @ CWS
9/12 8:10 PM
John Danks 3-20 .150 1 1 1 0 10 .300 .227 .527
Skip Schumaker - 2B LAD vs SF
9/12 10:10 PM
Matt Cain 4-22 .182 0 0 2 2 2 .182 .250 .432
 
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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RBI
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BB K Opp
SLG
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OBP
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OPS
Matt Cain SF @ LAD
9/12 10:10 PM
Dodgers Batters 72-226 .319 6 21 27 24 37 .471 .381 .853
 
Recommended Pickup

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